Truth

by Geoff Burgess

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released September 1, 2013

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Geoff Burgess Ottawa, Ontario

Geoff Burgess is a singer-songwriter in Ottawa, Ontario, who writes songs about love, loss, time, and the natural world.

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Track Name: Wilderness
Some time not so long ago
I had this dream that I used to know
A great white pine towers over me
Its rings have turned to gold

I wish we didn't have to grow so old, so old
I wish we didn't have to grow so old, so old

Tell me babe it's time to go
Back to the only place I know
Back to the only place I rest
Back to the soul of the wilderness

I crawl across this lake of mine
I know its depths as it pushes mine
A hundred years on the waters edge
Rooting at the stain of the waterline

Feel your way through the darkness to the fire's sign
Feel your way through the darkness to the fire's sign

Tell me babe it's time to go
Back to the only place I know
Back to the only place I rest
Back to the soul of the wilderness

I don't know, I don't know for sure
I don't know, I don't know for sure

Tell me babe it's time to go
Back to the only place I know
Back to the only place I rest
Back to the soul of the wilderness
Track Name: Baking Bread
Well it's sunny outside and it's hot walking over the sand
I got love in the water and love in the palm of my hand
I got the sound of your voice in my head
In the oven there's baking bread
I got love in the water and love in the palm of my hand

Well the night's getting late but it's just gettin' started for me
In the morning's gonna be a new leaf on the tree
In the kitchen where we'll be fed
There's an oven that's baking bread
Well the night's gettin' late but it's just gettin' started for me

Don't ever bring me down
You're gonna bring me down again
Don't ever make me cry
You're gonna make me cry again

Well it's sunny outside and it's hot walking over the sand
I got love in the water and love in the palm of my hand
I got the sound of your voice in my head
In the oven there's baking bread
I got love in the water and love in the palm of my hand
Track Name: What You Want Me To Be
In the breeze of the underground parking garage I cool down
In the soft hush of the concert crowd I hear you hesitate
In the warm glow of the new moon I see you make your move
In the rise and fall of an empire I feel it is too soon

Baby what you want me to be?
I'm a shooting star
I'm a honey bee
I'm the last leaf standing on the old oak tree
Oh baby what you want me to be?

There's a long list waiting at then end of the road if you get there
Ain't it funny how you rest in the darkness of the restless waterway
In the time that it takes for the words to fade you've said it all
So the phone on the hook is still ringing from the day you made that call

Baby what you want me to be?
I'm a shooting star
I'm a honey bee
I'm the last leaf standing on the old oak tree
Oh baby what you want me to be?

Well out on the flats there's a cloud of stars hangin' over you
So small in the world but so large a moment for a boy just waking up
The words I never said hung around like vultures for the kill
Then the bones were left so they flew away over valleys over hills

Baby what you want me to be?
I'm a shooting star
I'm a honey bee
I'm the last leaf standing on the old oak tree
Oh baby what you want me to be?
Track Name: Falling Man
Things move at the speed of light
Never knowing when the time is right
I love you more than you will know

This is not an apology
I try my best that's all I ask of me
Sometimes my best has yet to show

You keep picking me up
I've been a falling man all my life
You keep picking me up
All this time
You keep picking me up

When we were walking just the other day
The sky lit up it was a big display
It's like that every time with you

We've had it hard and we've struggled through
But there's one thing that you always do
One day this help will return

You keep picking me up
I've been a falling man all my life
You keep picking me up
All this time
You keep picking me up
Track Name: In Case Blues
This song is for you
It won't cause you no harm
I was thinking of you
Hope you aren't alarmed

This may be my last goodbye
On this trip down the road of time

It's not something I wish
But you just never know
When it will come
When it's your time to go

Going for this ride with you
Never knowing when the time will end

Babe you made every day
Every hour every breath
And i'm here beside you
Till the moment of my death

All the things that I've said
All the colours of blue
My life is complete
And my heart beats for you

This may be my last goodbye
On this trip down the road of time

Going for this ride with you
Never knowing when the time will end
Track Name: This Is How
I went out to the store
I watched you lying there on the floor
Just rolling all around
I bought some beer
You looked at me with a tear
Getting my feet back on the ground

It was there we parted ways
And the words that I said to you
Will come back to me someday

This is how the trail leads
This is how my fingers bleed
This is how I feel my soul
This is how I gain control
This is how the world begins
This is how you're welcomed in
This is how, this is how
This is how

Sometimes when you're walking
And you feel like you own the sidewalk
It's all yours
Other times you won't be seen in public
You got the locks on every door

What's the matter my old friend
I can see you in the mirror
Just don't turn away again

This is how we pace our time
This is how the world is mine
This is how I know myself
This is how the creatures tell
This is how I build my crown
This is how I can break it down
This is how, this is how
This is how

There's religion over here
There's a plot of land over there
There's inequality
We got racial subdivisions
We got messed up superstitions
Under one dream tree

We have to promise that we'll try
We have to hold each other to account
For what we do and why

This is how the world will end
This is how it can return again
This is how a loser wins
This is how a sinner sins
This is how the angels fly
This is how the people cry
This is how, this is how
This is how

You say I'm staying up too long
My eyes are darkened shadows
My health is dimming light
You know you're right
But maybe just another night
Is all I'll need, all I'll need

I was told you can't have it all
Then the rain came down and the seed we planted
Grew up oh so tall

This is how I know I'm right
This is how I see the light
This is how I follow you
This is how I pass on through
This is how I played the game
This is how I know I'll stay
This is how, this is how
This is how
Track Name: Lady I Know
We went on a ride to the ocean
We went on a ride to see
Were we high on our emotions then
It was not the place for me

Sometimes when you're young you can't understand
How fast you can afford to go
You may find it gets a whole lot better when you're on the road

Lady I know
Lady I care
Lady I know the way to get there

Love is like the rain in scatters
Love is hard for you to see
You may know it's there from the patters on the roof
That covers me

Sometimes when you're young you can't understand
How fast you can afford to go
You may find it gets a whole lot better when you're on the road

Lady I know
Lady I care
Lady I know the way to get there
Track Name: No More
We went for a drive
We went for a ride
We waited in the parking lot next door

We stayed up all night
We were doing all right
Now I won't be seeing you no more

No more, no more
I won't be seeing you no more

Don't the times fly by
Don't you wonder why
I know I've felt this way before

We've had some good times
That I can use for rhymes
But I won't be seeing you no more

No more, no more
I won't be seeing you no more

Didn't we stop there
Didn't you just cut your hair
Didn't we just feel it to the core

Didn't something change
Did it all get rearranged
Did we just wash up on the shore

No more, no more
I won't be seeing you no more
Track Name: Debts
Peeling back the layers of time
Like the skin of an onion so fine
Snakes are creeping down the vine
Looking for a break in the line

And now I'm dancing on the water
And feeling you reverberate
And seeing debts I've never paid
And hoping that it's not too late

These shadows always intertwine
They look like monsters next to mine
Where the lake rolls into dirty pines
I'll be out there searching for your sign

And now I'm dancing on the water
And feeling you reverberate
And seeing debts I've never paid
And hoping that it's not too late

Once in my life
I want to make it right
Put all the past
Behind me
Once in my life
My love will burn bright
Locally all over you
Locally all over you

I found out you didn't mind
You'd get me out of any bind
We'd go for days not living life
Fun times always have a dark side

And now I'm dancing on the water
And feeling you reverberate
And seeing debts I've never paid
And hoping that it's not too late
Track Name: Stalemate
They waited for me
Under the overhang
Not knowing when I'd show
Or where I was coming from
Oh yeah oh yeah
Where I was coming from oh yeah

I let them wait
Ready to give in
But not ready to release
My only control
Oh yeah oh yeah
My only control oh yeah

We sat in a stalemate
The end was clear
But not yet in sight
I fished long into the night
I fished long into the night

The cold grey day
The chattering teeth
The spiral of smoke
The tug from beneath

I gave what I had
To the wind and the rain
I crossed the line
I crossed out my name
Oh yeah oh yeah
I crossed out my name oh yeah
Track Name: You Were Made For Me
Ain't got no future, ain't got no past
And the present baby, isn't made to last
But you were made for me
You were made for me x2

Got your leopard skin, and your lion eyes
You're a wildcat baby, and it's no surprise
But you were made for me
You were made for me x2

I'm a full house baby, to your four of a kind
You're the wild card honey, I ain't gonna lie
But you were made for me
You were made for me x2

Waking in the morning, on a lonely bed
Racing to the finish line, like a thoroughbred
But you were made for me
You were made for me x2

When you say talk now, and I turn away
It's the quiet baby, that'll make me stay
But you were made for me
You were made for me x2

You get in trouble, well it's no big deal
But if it were me now, I'd be made a meal
But you were made for me
You were made for me x2
Track Name: No Worries
This quiet house will come alive once more
I basked in your great glow when I was twenty-four
I wrote it down and bottled it up and cast it from the shore
The way it is to feel like you've never felt before

Worries, no worries
Worries, no worries
Someone's gonna tuck you in
Someone's gonna tuck you in

Walked in the card store on my coffee break
Looked around for the perfect card
Is this all that I can give?
Is this all that I can give?

Worries, no worries
Worries, no worries
Someone's gonna tuck you in
Someone's gonna tuck you in

You can struggle mightily for all your life
Forced to walk against the constant wind of sadness
Crossing bridges crumbling beneath your feet
Talking down the adventurous dream of madness

Oh oh
Come down

Worries, no worries
Worries, no worries
Someone's gonna tuck you in
Someone's gonna tuck you in
Track Name: Rivers
This feeling that I'm under
There's just no hiding from this anymore
Throw me an anchor
See you on the ocean floor

It seems we don't go away
We are living for another day
These songs in my brain
Turning round and round below the curtain rain

When it's all about money
It's hard to make a good thing known
When it's all about money
It's hard to make a good thing grow

It seems we don't go away
We are living for another day
These songs in my brain
Turning round and round below the curtain rain

The mighty Thames River and the tributaries of my life
The French River rolls through the canyon where we float on by
The Temagami River and the eddies into which we dive
The Ottawa River running up and down my spine
The St. Lawrence River mingling with the tide
The ocean currents and the reason for the rain tonight

It seems we don't go away
We are living for another day
These songs in my brain
Turning round and round below the curtain rain
Track Name: Never Forget A Face
You can meet a lot of people in your life
You can go a lot of places and do just what you like
You can run around in circles or go straight down the line

You can run out of the road you're on
You can run into people who've got their blinders on
You can look into the future and put it all behind

But you can never forget a face
You can never forget a face

Why don't you come around
We can catch up if you want
Or we can get all down
It's time to open up
The past is not lost
It can be found
This time

I wanted to find out about you
I looked into the sky and all I saw was blue
There were no clouds floating there just the deep blue dream

I waited till the sun went down
I knew that I was living but I didn't hear a sound
Imagining the lightness of just even being

But you can never forget a face
You can never forget a face

Why don't you come around
We can catch up if you want
Or we can get all down
It's time to open up
The past is not lost
It can be found
This time